We all want to do our bit to help the planet and reduce our carbon footprint and plastic waste. But what can we do that’s practical? In celebration of World Wildlife Day, I’ve gathered together 5 of my favourite eco-friendly crochet projects that will make you, and the planet, happy.
From beauty bits and pieces to accessories, there’s plenty here to get on your eco-friendly bamboo hook. If you really want to help the environment, keep your makes to natural fibres like cotton, wool or bamboo.
You could also make your own yarn! Portia at The Makery has a fabulous blog that shows you how to create your own eco-friendly crochet yarn from old t-shirts. Or, for something a little bit different, why not look at recycling your old plastic carrier bags into a yarn? It’s the perfect eco-friendly solution – you use up the bags and create something beautiful! Win-Win.
CROCHET MAKE-UP SCRUBBIES
It’s time to wave goodbye to disposable make-up removers – made from fibres that aren’t biodegrable, these wipes often sit in landfill for ages. My face scrubbies are quick to make, don’t use much yarn and are much better for the planet. Did I also mention how cute they are?
A crochet washcloth is the perfect accompaniment to my face scrubbies – why not make a matching set, either for yourself or as a gift? If you like following a pattern, why not try mine? Otherwise, let me tell you a secret…crochet swatches make great washclothes. They’re the perfect way to use up squares you’ve created when trying a new stitch.
CROCHET SHOWER PUFF
Louise at Handy Little Me has so many pretty, eco-friendly patterns, but this crochet shower puff has to be my favourite. Hooked up in beautifully soft cotton, it’s kind to your skin, as well as the environment! It uses simple crochet stitches, so it’s the perfect beginner project too.
If you need somewhere to store all of your new bathroom goodies, how about my crochet baskets?
CROCHET WATER BALLOONS
These cute and colourful crochet water balloons by Left in Knots look like so much fun, I just had to include them. Balloons are one of those items that you don’t even really consider as contributing negatively to the environment, until you stop to think about it. However, the latex skins can be really harmful to wildlife. Not only are these balloons more eco-friendly, they’re much easier to fill up! I can’t wait for warmer weather to get some on my hook.
SUNDOWN MARKET BAG
The Sundown Market Bag isn’t just a great way to cut down on plastic waste – it’s also super fun to crochet! Made from simple stitches, it’s the ideal project for an adventurous beginner to flex their skills. Whether you fill it with books, groceries or (more) yarn, it’s the perfect way to avoid plastic bags. And, let’s face it, it’s prettier than a Bag For Life too!
I’d love to hear about your eco-friendly ideas, or see the projects you’re working on. Share your pictures on social media with the #bellacococrochet and you may even get featured in my Saturday Showcase. I browse through your work regularly and love seeing what you’re making.
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Jo CoombsMarch 4, 2020 at 6:17 pm
My girls would love the reusable water balloons! I quite look the look of that shower scrubbie. Than you for the patterns.
BellaCocoTeamMarch 4, 2020 at 6:21 pm
You’re very welcome 🙂
SalmaMarch 14, 2020 at 12:47 pm
Shall I use a specific kind of yarns for the make-uo scrubbies?
BellaCocoTeamApril 2, 2020 at 8:18 am
Hi Salma you can use whatever your you choose however cotton yarn maybe better for these 🙂